The Goethe-Institut e.V. is promoting German culture and language worldwide. With a mandate by the Federal Republic of Germany, it also encourages international cultural exchange.
Its headquarters are located in Munich (Germany) and it entertains a network of more than 150 Goethe-Institutes, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres. It develops innovative concepts for a more human world where cultural diversity is welcomed as an enrichment of society.
The Goethe-Institut was set-up in the aftermath of the devastations of WWII and the Holocaust. Promoting German culture and language is thus intrinsically linked with fostering a critical memory culture. Heritage learning is understood as part of a broad European integration process and all efforts of multicultural dialogue that Goethe institute is supporting.
Close collaboration with local partners
All Goethe-Institut branch offices closely collaborate with local cultural and educational partners. It therefore hopes, through engaging in this project to develop a shared cross-disciplinary vision on dealing with memory culture in Europe. The educational aspect is a key to all activities of the Goethe-Institut; therefore it hopes that the testing of innovative participatory approaches will help its branch offices in streamlining their collaborative and co-creation efforts.
Through TimeCase. Memory in Action the Goethe-Institute Paris wishes to exchange with other European cultural institutions concerned with cultural memory to find new approaches towards memory learning. Thereby, new inspiring methods of learning and education could help to get in touch with young and heterogeneous target groups and to reach a more participative and less consumption-oriented approach on memory learning.
Staff members working on timecase:
Dr. Joachim Umlauf